After spending his career on the right side of the offensive line, Senior Tyree St. Louis will switch over to play left tackle 2018. A 2015 4-star recruit, St. Louis has progressively seen more reps in his time at the U, starting the final eight games of 2016 when starter Sunny Odogwu went down with an injury. St. Louis didn’t let up and kept the starting job in 2017, playing every game at right tackle and was decent in his first full year on the right side.
In 2018, St. Louis will be one of two returning senior starters along the maligned Cane o-line (along with center Tyler Gauthier). St. Louis has proven himself as a dependable starter even if he isn’t an overwhelming force along the line of scrimmage. At 6’5” and 305, St. Louis has the strength and lower-body power to maul defensive lineman and pancake second level defenders as a run blocker. He is a bit stiff however and has been exposed by faster and quicker defensive edge players.
While St. Louis displays solid awareness and doesn’t miss very many blocks, he does need to improve his hand placement, which often gets wide of the defender and allows the defensive end to bull-rush him or shed his block. He also needs to improve his patience, since he does have a habit of getting his pads over his knees and losing his balance, allowing defenders to take advantage of him. If St. Louis improves his balance and hand technique, he could be a big part of why the Canes’ o-line, and offense in general, takes a leap forward this season.